UCLA Headlines May 22, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
UC, UCLA Hospital Workers Go on Strike
The ongoing two-day strike by members of a patient-care workers union and another union at UCLA hospitals and UC medical centers was highlighted today by KCBS-Channel 2, KTLA-Channel 5, KABC-Channel 7, KPCC-89.3 FM and the Associated Press and Monday by KCBS-Channel 2, KNX-1070 AM, a KPCC-89.3 FM blog and other outlets. Dr. J. Thomas Rosenthal, chief medical officer for the UCLA Health System and associate vice chancellor of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted and interviewed in the coverage.
 
Analyzing 'Healthy' Fast Food
Yahoo! News reported Monday on a study led by Dr. Lenard Lesser, a former physician with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, comparing nutritional data and the average number of calories in meals consumed by teens at Subway and McDonald's restaurants.
 
Meditation Helps Kids in School
An ABC News.com article published Tuesday about children and meditation cited a UCLA study that found that second- and third-graders who practiced "mindful" meditation techniques for 30 minutes twice a week for eight weeks had improved behavior and scored higher on tests requiring memory, attention and focus than non-meditators.
 
Grounded Dreamliner Back in the Air
An article in Monday's Christian Science Monitor about the Boeing 787 Dreamliner carrying commercial passengers for the first time since January, when it experienced battery-related mechanical problems, cited a 2009 report by Christopher Tang, the Carter Professor of Business Administration at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and colleagues examining Boeing's decision to outsource most of the developmental work on the plane.
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Cities With Most Gay Parents
Salt Lake City’s KTSU-Channel 13 website and KUTV-Channel 2 reported Tuesday on research by the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute showing that the Salt Lake City metropolitan area has the highest percentage of same-sex couples raising children in the country. Gary Gates, a senior research fellow at the Institute, was interviwed today on KPCC-89.3 FM's "Take Two" about the research.
 
Machine Is Kryptonite to 'Superbugs'
Dr. Daniel Uslan, assistant clinical professor of infectious diseases and director of the UCLA Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, was interviewed Monday on KNBC-Channel 2 about a new machine being used at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center called Zenex, which uses waves of high-intensity ultraviolet light to disinfect hospital rooms and kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
 
Cooling Down for Quantum Computing
An article in Tuesday's All Techie News blog about quantum computing cited research by Eric Hudson, UCLA assistant professor of physics, and colleagues on a novel technique for chilling molecules to a fraction of a degree above absolute zero, the temperature at which they can be manipulated to store and transmit data.
 
Far Better Than Batteries
An article published Tuesday in India’s Trak.in about new, fast-charging batteries highlighted the development by Richard Kaner, a member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA and a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and Maher El-Kady, a graduate student in Kaner's laboratory, of a method for producing graphene-based "supercapacitors" — which can charge up to a thousand times faster than batteries — using a standard DVD burner.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Dr. Gregg Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is quoted today in a Nature article about studies showing that being overweight isn't always unhealthy. He was quoted Thursday in a HealthDay News article about research suggesting that a higher, even in otherwise healthy man, may be tied to risk of an earlier death.
 
Jerome Camal
Camal, UCLA visiting professor of musicology, was quoted Tuesday in a Huffington Post article about professors who use social media in the classroom.
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